Midtown at a Glance

There is no neighborhood in the region that has more to offer than Midtown Detroit. Once home to Charles Lindberg and the Dodge brothers, and now home to some of the country’s premier urban learning institutions, medical facilities, museums and more. Midtown packs the best of our history and the power of our future all in to two square miles.


Buy. Rent. Condos. Rowhouses. Mid-rise. Low-rise. Newly refurbished or fixer-upper. It’s all here. Take in the panoramic view from the roof of a twelve-story mid-rise or explore the big backyards and historically adorned houses on a cobblestone street. Wherever you land in Midtown, you’ll be a moment’s walk to one of 10 theaters, nine museums, over 40 restaurants, 12 galleries and a hardware store – making it one of the most walkable communities in Detroit. All that adds up to great opportunities to get out and meet your neighbors in one of the friendliest parts of town.

Shopping, Dining & Services

Get out and explore Midtown! You’ll find one-of-a-kind shopping options with either hand-picked or hand-made goods by some of the most creative, discerning merchants anywhere.

If you’re a “foodie,” taking in Midtown is like taking a trip around the world with cuisine options including Italian, Indian, French, Middle Eastern, American, Asian, Greek, Mediterranean, and one of the best bakeries around, Avalon International Breads. With Eastern Market, a natural food market, neighborhood grocers, a hardware store and more, all in the area – those small but important daily livability needs are met.

Growing, Sustainable Development

Investment: Midtown has benefited from more than $1.8 billion in investment since 2000 alone. The results of that investment are glaringly apparent when you look around. And there’s more to come.

North Cass Neighborhood Garden: Beginning in the spring of 2009, a large lot at the corner of Willis Street and Second Avenue was reclaimed and turned into one of Detroit’s most bountiful urban gardens. Everything from the re-use of an abandoned playscape into colorful perennial planters, to thoughtful, ample lawn space provides the perfect setting for picnics and gathering with friends, family and neighbors. There is no better place to reconnect with nature and community!

University Prep Science & Math Middle School: Taking advantage of the region’s access to some of the best brain-power in the world – engineering, research and design, higher learning, medical, and more – the Detroit Science Center and the Thompson Education Foundation present the University Prep Science & Math Middle School. The public charter school, which will serve nearly 500 students, will be housed adjacent to the Detroit Science Center with a shared space.

M1 Light Rail: What better place to bring urban rail back to life in Detroit than right up Woodward Avenue? This 3.4 mile light-rail line will run right through the center of Midtown – from Hart Plaza to New Center. If you think Midtown is easy to get around now, just wait. Please visit Midtown Detroit, Inc. for future updates.

Sugar Hill Arts District: Vibrant and alive in the 1940’s, Sugar Hill is coming back to life as an arts district and filling in some prime real estate along the way. Bounded primarily by Woodward, Forest, John R. and Garfield, this strategic urban plan will include streetscaping and green spaces to foster connectivity, mixed-income housing, and arts-related uses from artist studios to commercial space to the evolving G.R. N’Namdi Collective and the already popular Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD).

The Midtown Loop: Walk. Bike. Jog. The Midtown Loop will offer a two-mile greenway trail throughout and around the neighborhood. Widened pedestrian walkways, bike paths, additional green space and streetscaping, improved lighting, public art and connectivity to other area greenway trails are all part of the plan.

Culture & Entertainment

Soak in one of the country’s finest art collections at the Detroit Institute of Arts or dive into the contemporary art scene at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD). Wander through one of the many Midtown galleries. Step back in time at the Detroit Historical Museum or the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Relax with a good book at the spectacular Detroit Public Library. Midtown is the cultural capital of the region.

And, Midtown is ground central for Detroit’s non-stop entertainment – from the Majestic Theatre’s live indie-rock scene to one of the country’s finest symphonies at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. From the Fisher Theatre to our north, to Downtown’s expansive Riverfront, and Fox Town’s theatres and professional sports Stadia District to our south. It’s just moments away, from the heart of it all – Midtown.

University Town and Medical Campus

Midtown also boasts one of the most concentrated areas of higher learning and medical facilities in the Midwest – as an employee of the Henry Ford Health System (HFHS), that’s something to be proud of.

With a growing reputation as one of the country’s most respected research institutions, Wayne State University continues to grow, both physically and in stature. The Detroit Medical Center is a leader in everything from children’s medicine to cancer research, and beyond. And Henry Ford Health System, which is recognized for excellence and innovations in cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, neurology, orthopedics and sports medicine, organ transplants and beyond, is also looking to expand its New Center campus.